Keep your vehicles secure with these fleet management tips

Fleet management these days requires much more than simply recording depreciation values and keeping up with regular servicing.

Your fleet is one of your company's most valuable assets, so it makes sense to ensure that each vehicle is as secure as possible to deter would-be thieves.

Although recent figures from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council show encouraging signs of a decline in car thefts in Australia over the past five years, it is a good idea as a fleet manager to constantly review the security of your vehicles.

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of theft of your fleet vehicles:

Proper and regular maintenance

A comprehensive fleet maintenance schedule not only keeps your vehicles in top condition, it will also help make them more secure.

According to insurance company Youi, regular maintenance will highlight any problems and weaknesses in your vehicles that could be exploited by thieves.

Some of the most basic faults, such as broken door locks or alarms, can often be overlooked, so it pays to do a thorough assessment of your fleet on a regular basis.

Investing in a proper fleet management program will remind you when your vehicles need to be serviced, keeping you on top of their security.

Use your common sense!

Enhancing your vehicles' security can sometimes be an exercise in basic common sense. offers some simple points to keep in mind, such as removing the keys from the ignition and keeping them with you. Your drivers may be busy when they're out and about, but that's no excuse to leave the car unattended with the engine running!

Another handy tip the website offers is writing the Vehicle Identification Number with paint or a permanent marker somewhere discreet, such as under the engine hood. This will help with quickly identifying your vehicle should it get stolen.